Sticky Toffee Date & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

sticky toffee cookies Sticky Toffee Date & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’ve been preoccupied by the idea of cookies lately – perhaps because I haven’t been eating any – and it occurred to me that a chewy brown sugar cookie base (best known for its role in the chocolate chip cookie) could be made into a vehicle for sticky dates and toffee – and chocolate too, just because my mouth would miss it if it wasn’t there.

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For some reason the idea of sticky toffee pudding got itself wedged in my mind – in cookie form. Because really, I’m not going to get around to make the real thing, and the real thing isn’t portable, nor the sort of dessert I want hanging around my kitchen, coaxing me to eat it. Here, thick brown sugar dough is spiked with molasses (just enough to make them come across as even more brown sugary) and chewy chunks of date, melty chocolate and toffee bits stirred in.

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I made a big batch of dough and kept the bowl in the fridge for a couple of days for dipping into to bake. A few (you can bake just a few at a time in the toaster oven) for lunches, or just to make the house smell homey when W comes in from school.

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Because my old workhorse oven likes to feel needed, and summer is still eons away. Or seems it.

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Sticky Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies

3/4 cup butter, at room temp
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. dark molasses
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2-1 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4-1/2 cup toffee chips or Skor bits
1/2-1 cup chopped dark chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and molasses until pale and almost fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir or beat on low until almost combined; add the dates, toffee chips and chocolate chunks and stir just until blended.

Drop dough by the large spoonful onto a parchment-lined sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen large cookies.

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February 18 2014 06:45 pm | cookies & squares

15 Responses to “Sticky Toffee Date & Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. Barb on 18 Feb 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Hey! Ingenious! You have the best ideas. mmmmm

  2. Carolyn on 19 Feb 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Beautiful idea! Guessing that you could use any chocolate chip cookie dough base? (The chocolate chip cookie recipe from OSC is still my go-to recipe.)

  3. Robyn on 19 Feb 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I was just snacking on dates yesterday! It’s really too bad dates aren’t used in more desserts besides date squares or sticky toffee pudding. This is the best idea!!!!

  4. Laurie from Richmond on 19 Feb 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I don’t like cookies, but these have swayed me! I’ll have to try them :)

  5. Carolyn on 19 Feb 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    me again – made these tonight. Used this recipe as the base (subbing the molasses for the corn syrup and adding dates, skpr bits and chocolate). Very good – a keeper combo. http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2009/04/18/maple-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  6. Julie on 19 Feb 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Carolyn – absolutely! any chocolate chip cookie dough base will work.

  7. Rose on 20 Feb 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    These look yummy! How was the wellness show in Vancouver? I bet you presented a healthier option!

  8. Lisa | Je suis alimentageuse on 21 Feb 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Oh! I love the idea of using the dates to get a sticky, caramelly texture. Cleeeever.

  9. Jessie Harrold on 21 Feb 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    These look awesome! The other day I tried a sticky toffee cheese that was TO DIE FOR! Ever since then I’ve had sticky toffee on the brain….these might just be next….

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  11. Susan on 26 Feb 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    These are yummy! Made the dough and rolled into individual cookies for freezing . Over the last few days, have baked a few in the evening to have with Tea! Addictive and need to exercise portion control! Thanks for another great recipe Julie.

  12. Diane on 05 Mar 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Hi. Love the sound of these and always looking for things with date in as my old Mum LOVES dates. Just need to check that it wouldn’t made a difference if I left out the chocolate as I can no longer eat it, I know, the world nearly came to the end.

    Thanks

  13. Aisle24 on 12 Mar 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Wow! Hopefully, I can make these without eating all the cookie batter.

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